psalm 63:1 meaning
I. In such seasons, may the Eternal Comforter abide with us, and cause us to bless the Lord at all times, making even the solitary place to become a temple for Jehovah. See on Psalms 46:5. Oh that Christ would come near, and stand still, and give me leave to look upon him! "My soul trusted in Thee. The Berleb Bible describes it as a Psalm "which proceeds from a spirit really in earnest. His gifts are one thing, himself is another. For although the body, strictly speaking, is not of itself influenced by desire, we know that the feelings of the soul intimately and extensively affect it. 1801-1803. Verse 1. And as in the absence of the sun, no candles could take the place of heaven"s own glorious light; so no sparks, however bright, of fires kindled by human hands, could make up to the Church for the absence of the Sun of righteousness. 1999. 1870. He loses himself in prayer for others. If God has called me out of nothingness into being, He also sustains me from passing altogether into the nothingness from which he called me. David found out that God was his faithful Shepherd and strong Tower. (b) Though he was both hungry and in great distress, yet he made God above all meat and drink. His first thoughts - his best thoughts - therefore, he resolved should be given to God. 1.O God! Verse 1. III. Put yourself in his place—a fugitive in the wilderness on the edge of what seems ruin. Verse 1. Whatever we can desire or stand in need of, it is all wrapped up in this, Thou art my God. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/pmc/psalms-63.html. Powers and faculties were given to it that might be expanded into an infinite capacity to know and to enjoy him. What first lays hold of the heart in the morning is likely to occupy the place all the day. It may be a question of literary interest, but it is of no sort of spiritual or religious importance whether the author is David or a singer of later date endeavouring to reproduce his emotions under certain circumstances. O God. Moses saw God in the wilderness. We are His by creation, and His through purchase - we are His by promise and His by permission. Wherever man is found he builds two things—he builds a hearth, the centre of his social and individual life, and he builds an altar, the symbol of that tendency in him which directs his thoughts and his heart towards God. The soul that knows its own needs will thirst after God. Personal communion with God is the end of our graces; for as reason and the intercourse of it makes men sociable one with another, so the divine nature makes us sociable with God himself: and the life we live by is but an engine, a glass to bring God down to us. His faith, shown in this persuasion of the favor and help of God, had the effect of exciting him to constant and vehement prayer for the grace which he expected. There are Psalms proper for a wilderness; and we have reason to thank God it is the wilderness of Judah we are in, not the wilderness of Sin. Life often takes us through the weary place and the parched wilderness on this journey through life, where only God can provide the comfort and sustenance we desperately need. The benefit of it, first, is very great; yea, in effect all things else. ; I will seek thee as soon as the morning appears; and so the Targum, "I will arise in the morning before thee;'. "Commentary on Psalms 63:1". References: Psalms 63:1.—F. The psalm opens with longing. Early—At daybreak, to be taken literally. The first one - אלהים 'Elohiym - is in the plural number, and is the word which is usually employed to designate God Genesis 1:1; the second - אל 'Êl - is a word which is very often applied to God with the idea of strength - a strong, a mighty One; and there is probably this underlying idea here, that God was the source of his strength, or that in speaking of God as his God, he was conscious of referring to him as Almighty. A resource for the whole church from Luther Seminary, Softly and tenderly Jesus is calling? And that thirst is satisfied. My flesh longeth for thee - All my passions and desires - my whole nature. early seek thee — earnestly (Isaiah 26:9). Copyright StatementThese files are a derivative of an electronic edition prepared from text scanned by Woodside Bible Fellowship.This expanded edition of the Jameison-Faussett-Brown Commentary is in the public domain and may be freely used and distributed. 1, pp. It also speaks of the relationship Jesus is referring to in the Luke text. It is what will welcome us home into the arms of God at our earthy death. He sustains us. Aben-Ezra rendereth it, Sicut mercator gemmas, inquiram re, I will diligently seek thee, as a merchant doth the precious stones סוחד (Mercator). A Psalm of David, when he was in the wilderness of Judah.
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